"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Marcellus uses this metaphor for the monarchy; the misled and corrupt government heads are infecting the people below them.

Apparently something is rotten in the state of Carroll County as well.

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When Superintendent Guthrie met with the North Carroll High School staff to attempt to explain why our school most needed to be closed in the county, he gave us a myriad of reasons why other schools should remain open. His top reasons for keeping Winters Mill open were that their academy model building was not conducive to a middle school team model and transforming the building into an elementary-middle combination would require unnecessary expenditures. Those are misleading reasons. Academy and team models are nearly identical, so the building would be more conducive to a middle school than any other. After he specifically cited unnecessary expenditures like replacing standard bathroom fixtures with kiddie toilets, he then suggested — as a means to appease the NC community — that our school and Manchester Valley could always agree to rename the new combined school. Certainly new signage, floors, murals, and entirely new uniforms for athletics, chorus and band will cost more than kiddie toilets. Why is it inappropriate to spend money to convert one school but perfectly acceptable to spend far more money closing another? "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."

When CCPS opened three high schools, they had a full year of transition prior to those major moves. Despite Mr. Guthrie claiming that he broached this subject last year, no one named schools and put a deadline on idle threats of "additional major budget cuts." Who knew that phrase meant closing schools in less than one school year? No one. Why is this idea being pushed down our throats with less than six months of transition time? The rush to close schools has not only created but also reinforced the conspiracy theory that there's a land deal for North Carroll High School's acreage. Corruption? Clearly someone thinks this property is more valuable than that of Winters Mill or Manchester Valley. Is there a secret land deal in the wings waiting to make an entrance when this show closes?

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."

School closures could force this situation into the Shakespearean tragedy that it so closely resembles. The show must not go on.

Michele Seibel

Westminster

The writer is a teacher at North Carroll High School.

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